Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

After the wedding, chances are you’ll want a little time to yourselves. Some time to rest up, enjoy each other’s company and not think about anything to do with weddings. And where better to go than Portugal, one of Europe’s most beautiful countries?

From north to south and east to west, there are countless stunning honeymoon destinations where you can enjoy everything from beach bliss to mountain seclusion. So here are five ideas to get you started.

Sintra

Located just outside Lisbon, Sintra is a magical town of fairytale castles, mountaintop palaces, lush valleys and more. Lord Byron called the town a ‘glorious Eden’ and he knew a thing or two about beauty.

Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

Porto

Sitting majestically on the Douro River, this ancient city inspires and enthrals. Take a boat trip up the river to visit the vineyards were the famous wine is made or simply relax in some of Portugal’s finest hotels. The obligatory glass of port is always close by too.

Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

Serra de Estrella

Huge rocky mountains, gin-like lakes, ancient villages and barely another soul in sight. If you’re looking for a secluded getaway, Portugal’s highest mountain range is hard to beat.

Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

Lisbon

Capital cities shouldn’t be like this. With narrow winding streets, alleyways and staircases, it’s really a collection of small villages fused together. Explore enigmatic Alfama, wander the gardens at Principe Real and enjoy majestic views over red tiled rooftops from Graca.

Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

Alentejo

Taking up around a third of the country but with few towns or cities, the Alentejo is one of Europe’s last great unspoiled farmlands. But it’s also home to some incredible beaches. You can also head a little south to the natural reserve of the Algarve’s west coast.

Top five Portuguese honeymoon destinations

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

A wedding without wine is like a car with four flat tyres. It might look nice but it’s not going anywhere fun. And here in Portugal, we’re lucky enough to be blessed with some of the world’s best.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

To help you choose, here’s a list of some of the finest varieties of wine you can offer your guests.

Vinho Verde

Vinho verde, or ‘green wine’ comes from a tiny region in the northwest of the country. It’s cooler and wetter, creating grapes with a fresh taste and a little hint of fizz. They’re also low in alcohol and very refreshing, so they’re perfect for serving during hot afternoons.

Douro reds

The beautiful and fertile Douro valley is famed for its Touriga Nacional, a rich red that creates dark and mysterious wines. They also do good blends, with spicy and fruity flavours ideal for serving with big, hearty dishes.

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Alentejo whites

Big and rich, Alentejo whites come from the huge and sparsely populated region to the south of Lisbon. Expect tropical flavours with pineapple and peach jumping out. Chill, serve and watch your guests enjoy.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

Dao reds

These high elevation vineyards give wines with delicate flavours. They come from the Dao region in the northern central part of Portugal. Refreshing reds that add a light touch to heavier meals.

Madeira

Thomas Jefferson toasted the signing of the Declaration of Independence with an nice glass of Madeira. And if it’s good enough for him… These sweet and sultry wines go down very well after dinner.

Port

How can you leave it out? The drink that’s synonymous with Portugal, port is perhaps more varied than more people realise. Enjoy crisp and dry whites or heavy, sweet and rich reds. It’s a must at any Portuguese wedding.

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Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

If you’re planning a 2017 wedding, then Portugal could be your perfect wedding destination. Here are just 10 of the hundreds of reasons why.

The sunshine

Endless hours of hot sunshine in the long summer months and mild, warm winters give Portugal one of the best climates in Europe. Beautiful weather is never guaranteed but it’s as close as you’re going to get.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The coast

With more than 1,000 km of coastline – with rugged rocks, golden beaches and secluded coves – this is the ideal place for a wedding by the ocean. Just imagine a warm sea breeze in your hair as you walk down the aisle.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The architecture

From luxurious villas to the red tiled townhouses of Lisbon and Porto, Portugal’s romantic buildings offer an incredible choice of inspiration and accommodation.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The attitudes

One of the first countries in the world to allow same sex marriage, Portugal is a liberal and welcoming country that opens its heart to everyone.

The legalities

No residence is required before the big day and witnesses are not required by law, so if a secret wedding is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The cost

As one of the most affordable countries in Western Europe, Portugal offers incredible value for money.

The planners

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet too often, but Portugal is also home to some of the world’s most stylish wedding planners. Check out our site to see what we mean.

The food

With traditional cooking and some of the best seafood in the world, you can serve up an unforgettable wedding feast for your guests.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The wine

Home to some of the best wines imaginable, not to mention the port, madeira, and a choice of traditional spirits, you can perfectly accompany your wedding menu.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The honeymoon

Combine your wedding with a dream honeymoon in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Historic cities like Porto, Lisbon and Evora combine with stunning coastline, mountaintop castles and more to create a truly romantic honeymoon destination.

Must have mini wedding trends for 2017

Chances are, if you’re getting married in 2017 you’ve got the big details covered. The whens, wheres and whos are all sorted. But there’s still time to add the finishing touches.

Wedding mini trends are the little touches that elevate your day from special to unforgettable. Here are some of the top wedding mini trends for the year ahead.

Macramé

Big in the US, brides are using this creative hobby to add a touch of boho chic to tables, photo rooms and dining areas.

Mini wedding trends 2017

Personalised favours

These days a little bag of sugared almonds probably won’t cut it. Think about putting a little extra effort into your favours, with a personal touch essential.

Mini wedding trends 2017

Wedding movie

We’re not talking about the shaky video camera kind of thing, we mean a full on mini masterpiece created by genuine filmmakers. Shoot your film and then hold a premier where you invite all your guests.

Metallic colours

Silver, gold and copper proved to be a real hit on the French wedding circuit in 2016 and are branching out across the world in 2017.

Mini wedding trends 2017

Food trucks

2016 was all about food and drink stations. This year weddings are going bigger with their very own street food truck stops. Think tacos, oysters and more.

Mini wedding trends 2017